Editing an erotica … 2


The weather sure has changed up here! Last week I blogged that it was really cold. Well today it’s 11C (nearly 52F) and I’m looking at clumps of green grass poking up through what’s left of the melting snow.

Anyway, back to the purpose of the post – when I first wrote my current manuscript, I made a mental note that I thought it needed an extra scene between the heroine and one of the heroes (yes, there are two – one a macho Texan, the other an almost anti-hero shapeshifter). So after I’d let the manuscript rest for a while, I took it out and thought, yup, I was right. So I added what turned out to be a couple of scenes adding conflict between the three characters. But (you knew there was a ‘but’ coming, didn’t you?) one of my critique partners made a comment that perhaps there was too much character development for an erotica.

So how much should there be? I know the emphasis should be on the sexual journey – but how do you know how much you need and when you should stop? As a reader of erotica, what do you want to see in the story you’re reading, as an author, how do you know when you’ve given the reader enough?


2 thoughts on “Editing an erotica …

  • Wylie Kinson

    I received EXCELLENT advice from someone in my recent past that I think applies to your situation as well:

    Tell the story as it should be told.

    Simple, eh?
    And down the road, if an editor has a problem with your characters and your addition scenes somehow detract from the flow of the story, he/she will let you know.

    Re Erotica and Erotic Romance,… the plot and characters are just as important as in any other genre. I think it’s a misconception that the story can’t be as deep or emotionally complex than any other genre just because it has S.E.X. in it.
    My 2 cents, for what they’re worth 😉

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